UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 21



Oct 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.3%.

* BP: BP BP.L has signed a sales and purchase agreement with a unit of China's Shenzhen Gas Group Co Ltd to supply piped natural gas for 10 years starting 2023, BP said in a statement on Wednesday.

* ECONOMY: More people in Britain are finding it hard to meet their bills and a growing number are worried about being unable to heat their homes this winter, according to a poll which underscored the impact of rising inflation on the public.

* TRADE DEAL: Britain and New Zealand have reached agreement in principle on a free trade deal designed to reduce tariffs, improve services trade.

* NATIONAL GRID: Britain's National Grid NG.L said it will make 500 megawatts (MW) of capacity at the IFA interconnector in Sellindge in Kent available to the market on Wednesday around 17:59 GMT before ramping up to 1,000 MW on Oct. 21.

* COVID-19: Britain's COVID-19 infection numbers could rise to 100,000 a day, but the government will not implement its so-called "plan B" contingency measures at this time, health minister Sajid Javid said on Wednesday.

* OIL: Oil prices were mixed, paring earlier gains, as some investors scooped up profits from the recent rally while solid demand in the United States and a switch to fuel oil from coal and gas amid surging prices underpinned market sentiment.

* London's FTSE 100 edged higher on Wednesday, helped by gains in consumer companies and data showing a modest easing in domestic inflation, although a slide in mining stocks capped the advance.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Spectris

SXS.L

Trading update

Barclays

BARC.L

Q3 results

Unilever

ULVR.L

Trading update Anglo American

AAL.L

Production report Dechra Pharma

DPH.L

Trading update Rentokil Initial

RTO.L

Trading update St. James Place

SJP.L

Trading update

Relx

REL.L

Trading update

Renishaw

RSW.L

FY results

AJ Bell

AJBA.L

Trading update

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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru

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